As of this writing, November, 2017 is drawing nigh.
Counting a short one in 2010, that makes eight seasons under searcher’s respective belts (including 5 for me) with nothing to show for it.
Well, not exactly nothing.
To me, the distance between reality and fantasy in the forums is not only greater, but increasing at a far more rapid pace, as the combination of frustration and the evolution of interpretation and argument is ever more exaggerated. In some ways, they are helpful to Fenn’s goal of the treasure remaining hidden for at least a thousand years.
I can write without equivocation:
Here’s the good news: it’s still out there, and we have at least six months to plan our 2018 campaign, comfortable in the knowledge that no one else is any closer than we. Although, based on what I read in the forums, thousands are farther away.
Good luck in your search.
Please note: use these images while watching our YouTube video: “Forrest Fenn’s Poem: When and Where Warm Waters Halt”
“When I said the treasure was not hidden in Utah or Idaho it was my plan not to narrow the search area further. But in the light of a recent accident, and in the interest of safety, I feel it necessary to alter that plan.
“The treasure chest is not under water, nor is it near the Rio Grande River. It is not necessary to move large rocks or climb up or down a steep precipice, and it is not under a man-made object.
“Please remember that I was about 80 when I made two trips from my vehicle to where I hid the treasure.
“Please be cautious and don’t take risks.
My guess is that in the last 7 years more than 250,000 people have searched for the treasure without suffering any serious injuries. I invite you to add your name to that list. The search is supposed to be fun.”
Radio New Zealand, Jesse Mulligan, 03 Apr 2013, Interview with Forrest Fenn, entitled “Treasure hunt.” Listen to the whole thing, but note Fenn’s comment on the first clue at 9:30. Whatever debate there was, should now end.